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Reds general manager on Roy Oswalt: “Last we heard he was going to Texas”

Feb 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Cincinnati is among the teams linked to Roy Oswalt, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that the Reds haven’t talked to the right-hander’s agent in a week and “the last we heard he was going to Texas.”

“That was on Monday,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t know if that deal is still in place. If he doesn’t sign, we’d take another look at it.”

Fay reports that the Reds would need to clear significant payroll space in order to sign Oswalt and their rotation depth chart is also full, even if Aroldis Chapman is assigned to the bullpen. Fay speculates that Homer Bailey would be the most likely starter moved, although the Reds would obviously love to unload Bronson Arroyo‘s contract if they could.

As for Jocketty hearing that Oswalt was going to Texas, the Rangers also have a full rotation and reports last week indicated that signing Oswalt was “unlikely.” Other teams said to be in the mix are the Red Sox, Phillies, and Cardinals, this late in the offseason he’s running into similar roster/payroll issues everywhere.

  1. 78mu - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Walt needs to read HBT so he can get continuous updates on Oswalt’s trip to Arlington. I remember posts on everything Oswalt was doing except the details on his bathroom breaks. It’s kind of scary that readers here know more about Oswalt’s status than a major league GM.

  2. Utley's Hair - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Maybe he just wanted some BBQ?

    Why aren’t there a gaggle of reporters camped out on his front lawn filing stories 24/7 like they were with Pettitte?

  3. rooney24 - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Just curious, what number starter do most people think Roy would be? I believe he would still see himself as maybe a #2 starter, while teams are maybe looking at him as a #3 or 4, mostly due to age and missing some time last year. I think that is likely why he is still unsigned and can’t agree on a salary with a team.

    While I realize that could change depending on what team he lands on, in general, where would most see him? 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 starter?

    • contraryguy - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      He’d be no higher than a #3 on the Reds, behind Latos/Cueto. Elsewhere, depends on the team.

      Money’s a concern, but I’d worry more about Oswalt’s back. Back problems don’t get better with age.

  4. caymantaxdodgers - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    As a Rangers fan, I’d like to see him in Arlington.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Oswalt’s officially a pain in the neck. It’s one thing to know what you want; it’s another to overplay your hand and demand to go to a team that doesn’t need you on your own terms.

  6. vincentbojackson - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    78mu says:

    It’s kind of scary that readers here know more about Oswalt’s status than a major league GM.

    ———————–

    Pretty sure Walt knows more than he’s letting on. His comment is a classic example of posturing. Act as if you’re not following it and have moved on so you have leverage if negotiations start back up.

    Walt’s comment was made for Oswalt’s agent’s ears, not for ours.

  7. metalhead65 - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    walt won’t be to sign him because he is not a washed former cardinal willing to accept any offer to keep playing. if the “small” market reds are truly going all in this year then pay the man. by not extending Phillips or Votto it is either this year or bust for the team.

  8. posterkid88 - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    I honestly have no idea, but is a general manager allowed to publicly comment about another player’s potential deal with another team? Lord knows Jocketty knows more about what you can say to the media than I do. But, you don’t see it too often.

  9. metalhead65 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Arroyo has 1 bad year due to his misuse by the reds and now they want to dump him?regardless of your saber stats until last year he was the redsmnost dependable pitcher. good for 200 innings and 15 wins a year. you knew you would get 6-7 solid innings with 1 lousy start a month. then last year he reports to camp with mono but the reds still thought it was a good idea to keep sending him out to get pounded every start because he was so weak from the mono. how smart is it to keep sending him to the mound and start each game 3 or 4 runs down?and the times he made it past 4 innings without giving 5 runs dusty would send him back out for 1 more where he would naturally give up the tying and go ahead runs. the guy could do nothing pitchers do on their off days because he was weak and tired sympyoms from the mono. it takes most people 6-8 weeks to recover from that and if you or I showed to work with it we would be sent home. but because of his contract they made him play? sure he did not want to not play but smart people would say you are going on the dl to you get your strength back. now they are going to use last year as an excuse to try and get rid of him?

    • osage44 - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      The Reds never said they were trying to dump Arroyo or his contract. Cool your jets. Metalhead. The oaf,Gleeman, was just talking out his arse.

  10. vincentbojackson - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Arroyo had one bad season?

    I assume you meant one good season that he parlayed into getting the Reds to overpay for his services.

    If not for his contract he would have been gone a year ago.

    • metalhead65 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      if you do not follow the reds then do not comment on them. he was their best pitcher before last year.

  11. ukfan70 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Find the $$$ Walt and bring him to Cincinnati! He has owned us his entire career and I don’t want to see the Cards end up getting him!

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